October 2012

By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2012
The big-box retailer’s flexible logistics model has enabled an innovative store remodel strategy—and helped cut price per shipment by just over 30 percent in its first year in service.
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2012
PART I: Three industry thought-leaders discuss the mounting challenges facing today’s global transportation managers.
By Brooks Bentz · October 1, 2012
Part II: Intermodal network agility makes a play to improve supply chain resiliency
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2012
Buoyed by emerging market growth, demand for add-on functionalities, and its certain move to the cloud, the warehouse management systems market is posting double-digit growth. But is this just a post-recession bounce?
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2012
As the nation’s export manufacturing sector becomes more viable, U.S. shippers are quickly finding themselves more reliant on freight intermediaries as they aim to take advantage of new global opportunities.
<p>Using sensors to track when a lift truck is in motion, when it is at rest, or when the forks are engaged in lifting and lowering, allows fleet managers to optimize the size of their fleets.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2012
Fleet management software is evolving from a tool to track truck maintenance to a platform to drive deeper process improvements.
<p>Analysts also agree that service enhancements and a new emphasis on schedule integrity will help the top carriers with their bottom lines.</p> SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2012
Renewed market discipline has helped the world’s leading ocean carriers to restore rates while delivering on enhanced service. Could this be the “turnaround year” on the high seas?
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2012
At Toyota’s Kentucky assembly plant, automatic tuggers, carts and AGVs are part of a winning assembly system that competes on a global basis.
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2012
Automatic tuggers and carts are moving materials once handled by conventional industrial trucks.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Bob Trebilcock · October 1, 2012
The ADC market continued to rebound, posting solid numbers once again in 2011.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Four approaches to multi-channel distribution show how the same tried and trusted technology can enable efficient store replenishment while keeping e-commerce customers happy.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Voice customers are finding they can leverage existing voice infrastructure to extend the technology’s benefits throughout the facility.
By Maida Napolitano · October 1, 2012
Today’s warehouse management systems come with sophisticated rules and logic, real-time seamless integration to aligned business applications, and effortless interfaces to automated equipment and mobile technology. But why are we still not putting these capabilities to work?
By Bridget McCrea · October 1, 2012
Buoyed by emerging market growth, demand for add-on functionalities, and its certain move to the cloud, the warehouse management systems market is posting double-digit growth. But is this just a post-recession bounce?
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2012
Manufacturer cuts process footprint while enabling custom-built products to ship in 24 hours.

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